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Jan 23, 2016 - 3 minute read - meetings

Makerspace 23/01/16

Present were Mike, Richard, Mike, Les, Tony, Dave, Ted, Nathan and mum, Josh and Arthur. Thanks must go to Lara who ferried two packed car loads of donated kit to the makerspace from a not so local school. Thank you, we will make good use of it! The donation consists of a lot of old PC kit and monitors. I recently volunteered to help a Preston school with the https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/robotics/ challenge, one of the young guys at makerspace said he was doing the challenge.

Jan 16, 2016 - 1 minute read - Hardware Makerspace sbc

Playing with the Teenage Engineering OP-1

I sampled some of the chat in the makerspace today and made a track, I am still learning the OP-1, but here it is anyway… [soundcloud url=“https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242301929" params=“auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=“100%” height=“450” iframe=“true” /]

Jan 10, 2016 - 2 minute read - Hardware

Accessing the Pi GUI using SSH and X11 forwarding

[caption id=“attachment_874” align=“alignnone” width=“541”] A Raspberry Pi desktop running in a window[/caption] I am building a Pi based robot, the Pi will sit in the robot and I have been looking at various ways to interact with the Pi whilst it is attached to the robot. In simple terms the goal is to have the Raspberry Pi desktop displaying in a window on my PC or laptop and use the keyboard and mouse I already have to access the Pi as shown in the image above.

Jan 9, 2016 - 1 minute read - meetings

Saturday 9th January

8 adults and 2 under 16’s in attendance today Mike, Mike2, Richard, Les, Tony, Ted, Arthur, Dave, Josh and Simon present. Playing around with permissions for the new blog site so that more than one of us can make and edit posts.

Dec 22, 2015 - 1 minute read - meetings

Christmas party - Last meeting of 2015

2015 has been a year of change for the Blackpool Makerspace. Moving out of Ripon Road, and major renovations at Tyldesley Road. We are now open every Saturday, all welcome as always. There was more partying than hacking on Saturday, but Les and Josh did re-purpose a Poundland ray gun, so that “Now at the press of the trigger the gun shoots Christmas tunes and flashes an LED along with the music.” Les has written a post about it here:-http://www.bigl.es/hacking-poundland/ The next meeting will be Saturday 2nd January 2016.

Nov 20, 2015 - 3 minute read - Hardware sbc

ESP8266 Pirates vs Ninjas Voting Dashboard - Quick Make

My first BarCamp! I am going to my first BarCamp this weekend: Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp. I have never attended an ‘unconference’ before and I have been wondering whether I should have a go at speaking and if I did what I’d actually talk about. Well I decided I don’t want to speak at my first BarCamp, I want to see as many talks as I can and get the idea of what goes on.